FHU Songwriters’ Showcase Features Student Talent

Mar 05, 2021

Three Freed-Hardeman University students share their gifts for songwriting and performing in FHU’s Songwriter’s Showcase, which is available for viewing on the university’s social media platforms.

“Over the years it’s been my privilege to work with many outstanding songwriters,” Alan Kinningham, FHU associate professor of music, said. “I encourage everyone to sit back, get comfortable and just enjoy.”

The three students participating in the Songwriter’s Showcase include: Rachel Cox, a sophomore social work major from Knoxville; Blake Ferrell, a senior music major from Manchester, Tennessee, and Adam Harris, a sophomore music major from Rienzi, Mississippi.

For the artists finding inspiration to write a song derives from many sources including other artists, friendships and relationships.

“I’ve always been inspired by artists who are raw and honest in their songs,” said Cox, whose songs include “Bungalow House,” “Scene” and “The Story Line.” “I love being able to share my stories through songwriting and I hope other people will be able to connect with them,” she said.

His life experiences and those close to him inspired Ferrell’s songs “The Other Day,” “Give It A Try” and “Cloud 9.”

“I enjoy songwriting because it is a great way to share what has inspired you. It is my favorite form of storytelling and also a great way to share little details about your life,” Ferrell said.

Harris enjoys trying out new sounds and his songs, “Dance with You” and “Shoot Your Shot,” reflect his interest in the country music genre.

“I feel like the creative aspect of music is what inspires me to keep at it,” Harris said.

As FHU’s songwriters continue to hone their craft, may they remember the words of successful songwriters before them including Smokey Robinson of Motown fame, “I look at songwriting as my gift from God.”

 

EDUCATION FACULTY MEMBER COMPLETES Ph.D.

Mar 03, 2021

Jennifer Creecy, who teaches in the College of Education, has completed her Ph.D. through Capella University, specializing in K-12 studies. Her dissertation explored the experiences of middle school mathematics teachers with problem solving and problem posing.

FHU HONORS MR. AND MISS FHU IN DELAYED CEREMONY

Mar 03, 2021

Freed-Hardeman University celebrated the 2020 Mr. and Miss FHU, Katie Morris and Kenneth Moore, Saturday, Aug. 22, in a ceremony in Chapel Hall. The event had been delayed because of COVID-19 and the subsequent early end of the spring semester.

FHU RECOGNIZED AS A BEST VALUE SCHOOL

Mar 03, 2021

Building on the momentum of two years of record enrollment, Freed-Hardeman University has again received strong rankings from U.S. News and World Report. FHU is listed in the top ten of Best Value Schools, coming in at number eight. The university is also included in the top one-third of Regional Universities in the organization’s 2021 Best Colleges report.

FHU TO LAUNCH NEW ONLINE MASTER’S PROGRAM

Mar 03, 2021

Freed-Hardeman University plans to offer a Master of Science in exercise science and rehabilitation beginning Fall 2021, pending approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

FINDING A PATH TO PROFESSIONAL PURPOSE

Mar 03, 2021

The FHU Passage initiative, slated to begin with the 2021 freshman class, is geared toward helping students determine “a path to professional purpose.” They will learn to set clear career goals and map a path for reaching them. New students typically enter college with many questions. This program is designed to help them answer at least three questions: What can I do? How do I grow? and Where can I go?

GREEN BAY PACKERS RECRUITER VISITS FHU

Mar 03, 2021

Chad Brinker credits his success as an assistant director of pro scouting/salary cap analyst for the Green Bay Packers to his relationship building skills and his ability to spot natural talent. The business is not for the faint of heart, Brinker explained during his visit to Freed-Hardeman University in November. He shared his story in chapel and in a sports marketing class.

FHU PRESIDENT LOOK-A-LIKE FACE MASKS BENEFIT LOCAL NON-PROFIT

Mar 03, 2021

Freed-Hardeman University students in Matt Barker’s communication class raised $1,500 for Henderson’s Exchange Club/Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse by selling face masks that resembled the lower,  mustached half of FHU President David Shannon’s face. Funding for the project came from a $1,000 LEADS grant from Leaders Credit Union.

MAKIN’ MUSIC LIVES ON!

Mar 03, 2021

According to Tony Allen, dean of student life and Makin’ Music producer, and his student coordinators, “Some Things Never Change.” Spring is coming, and FHU students will be Makin’ Music April 9-10, 2021. The annual musical extravaganza, derailed last year by COVID-19, was forced to move to an online streaming of a dress rehearsal.

Alumni
 

MCCALL CO-WRITES FILM HONORING NICHELLE NICHOLS, “WOMAN IN MOTION”

Mar 03, 2021

The story of  “Star Trek” legend Nichelle Nichols and how she helped change the nation’s space agency appeared on the big screen for one night only Feb. 2, 2021, in theaters around the country. “Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA” focuses on NASA’s efforts in the late 1970s and ‘80s to recruit people of color and the first female astronauts.

TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM AMONG TOP IN THE COUNTRY

Mar 03, 2021

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization, has named Freed-Hardeman University’s graduate elementary teacher preparation program among the top in the country for strong training in classroom management strategies.

Alumni
 

VIDEOS SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE OF FHU FAMILY

Mar 03, 2021

FHU’s Office of Alumni Engagement has instituted an initiative designed to share the collective knowledge and wisdom possessed by the FHU family. A series of short videos, called “FHYou…Connecting Your Expertise” provides ideas, advice and best practices across a wide range of topics.

BOBBIE SOLLEY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Mar 03, 2021

Dr. Bobbie Solley, former director of education development for Healing Hands International and a retired professor from Middle Tennessee State University, has worked to establish the Bobbie Solley Center for Excellence in Teaching at Freed-Hardeman University. The center was launched officially in January 2021.

SERVING STUDENTS, HONORING SAUNDERS

Mar 02, 2021

Freed-Hardeman University’s renovated and expanded Wallace-Gano Dining Hall will be re-named in honor of Professor Emeritus Dr. Elizabeth Saunders, FHU President David R. Shannon announced at the university’s annual benefit dinner. The Dr. Elizabeth Saunders Center will include the cafeteria, the Lion’s Pride Marketplace, student services, bookstore, mail room and the ATPI Center for Digital Innovation, which will initially house four programs: robotics, artificial intelligence, computer engineering and cybersecurity. Funding for the renovation and expansion will be funded by the generosity of John W. and Rosemary K. Brown.

REFLECTING ON FALL 2020

Mar 02, 2021

Going into the semester, everyone was unsure what FHU would be like.

Giving
 

FHU DAY OF GIVING CHALLENGE

Mar 02, 2021

Freed-Hardeman University’s second annual Day of Giving Nov. 5, 2020, resulted in gifts totaling almost $400,000. Spurred by challenges from two anonymous donors, 1,286 alumni and friends of the university made contributions to 51 projects, ranging from scholarships to equipment for the campus radio station. Requests came from the Associates, social clubs, the library, Mid-South Youth Camp, athletic teams and others.

CONTINUING $1M EXPERIENCE

Mar 02, 2021

When Jim Clayton, president of Clayton Bank, began a $1 million stock portfolio in 2007, the intent was that Freed-Hardeman University students would manage it, thereby learning about investing from a very real world perspective. In addition, FHU’s College of Business would share in the profits and pay back any losses.

Giving
 

BROWNS: CHANGING HISTORY AND LIVES

Mar 02, 2021

Continuing their years of philanthropy to Freed-Hardeman University, as well as many other entities, John W. and Rosemary K. Brown have pledged to give FHU $15 million over the next five years. It is the largest single gift in the history of the university. 

Alumni
 

MOVING TO THE PROS

Mar 02, 2021

Former Lion Bryan Battle signed a professional contract to play for KK Promo in Bosnia’s top professional basketball division, less than one year removed from his stellar season in an FHU uniform.

ZOOMING WITH SINISE

Mar 02, 2021

The Freed-Hardeman University Annual Benefit Dinner for scholarship funds, held Friday night, Dec. 4, 2020, raised more than $1.5 million to assist students. The total exceeded last year’s total, despite the challenge of hosting it during a pandemic.

WINNING WITH HUMILITY

Mar 02, 2021

New coaches, new teammates, new conference— Lion guard Kortland Martin has had to deal with a lot of new during his time at FHU. His humility and work ethic not only helped him get through those changes but turned him into one of the top guards in the country also.

Theatre
 

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Mar 02, 2021

In the midst of a pandemic, live theatre returned to the Freed-Hardeman University stage Nov. 5-7, 2020. “Little Shop of Horrors” was FHU Theatre’s first production since March when COVID-19 closed the curtains.“The show went really well,” Director Cliff Thompson said. “It was well attended and the performances were solid. I received a lot of comments about the excellence of the set; how finished everything appeared.”

SMASHING RECORDS

Mar 02, 2021

In the midst of a pandemic, Freed-Hardeman University has again set enrollment records. Total headcount for Fall 2020 stands at 2,188 students, with 1,727 of those being undergraduates. Both are all-time highs.

Alumni
 

HONORING HALL OF FAME ALUMNI

Mar 02, 2021

Two athletes were inducted into the FHU Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 7, 2020. Jim Carter, Lion first baseman from 1995 to 1997, and Haley Newby McRady, All-American Lady Lions basketball player who graduated in 2015, were added to the illustrious group.

EARNING NAIA BASKETBALL HONORS

Mar 02, 2021

In an abbreviated season that had no national tournaments, four Freed-Hardeman University basketball players garnered national recognition.

FINDING NEW WAYS TO SERVE

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Feeding the Freed-Hardeman University, family a “real” Thanksgiving meal made the Lion’s Pride Dining Services staff happy, to say nothing of the students, faculty and staff. “We were super excited to offer a wide variety of more traditional holiday items,” Tamie Torres said. “This is the largest number of items we have been able to serve all semester, and we could not have been happier.”

COMMENCING

Mar 02, 2021

Freed-Hardeman University honored 2020 spring and winter graduates at separate ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 21, in Loyd Auditorium.